List of Summer Heights High episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of the ABC television series, Summer Heights High. The series has aired 8 episodes after finishing its run on October 25, 2007.

Episodes[edit]

# Airdate Audience (millions) Ja'mie King Mr G Jonah Takalua
1 - Summer Heights High 5 September 2007 1.22[1] Ja'mie arrives at Summer Heights High for an orientation day ahead of her first day of the student exchange program. She is taken for a tour around the school property by the Principal, Ms Margaret Murray, and the reciprocal swap student, Chantelle. She describes herself as someone who is good-looking and a great ambassador for her private school. At the school assembly, Ja'mie introduces herself to the students and tells her life story, clearly bragging about her rich and lavish lifestyle from "one of the most expensive private girls' schools in the state". She tells the students that she feels sorry for them, thinking that they are all povo bogans and "really dumb". Mr G is first seen as a supporting staff member in the upcoming school drama performance Anything Goes. In a later scene, he continues to brag about his life story in the field of performing arts. Mr G then describes his typical drama class, where he incorporates a unique teaching style. Mr G also teaches dance to the special education students. Mr G summarises his role at the school as to teach drama and dance to change lives, inspire students, and to encourage the students to dare to dream. Along with his loyal sidekick, Science Teacher, Mr Rodney Parsons, Mr G criticises and is frustrated by his superior, the Head of Drama and Director of Anything Goes, Mrs Meredith Cotton, as well as complaining about the lack of funding and support given by the school's Principal. Jonah first appears in the office of the Student Welfare officer, Mr Doug Peterson, after a bullying incident at the train station. Mr Peterson later on describes Jonah's family, his school history, his erratic and aggressive behaviour, and his attention deficit disorder. In his English class, Jonah is disruptive and rude to others in the class, including to the English Teacher, Ms Sarah Wheatley, however he thinks that he gets into trouble because the teachers are racist. Jonah tells of his life ambition to be a professional breakdancer when he is older, and that he is only stupid because he chooses not to be smart.
2 - The Director of Performing Arts 12 September 2007 1.38[2] At Ja'mie's first day at Summer Heights High, she is paired with fellow student, Ashley, whom Ja'mie describes as "the fugliest girl I have ever met in my life". Ja'mie is taken to classes and shown around the school by Ashley, and tries to fit in with Ashley and her friends during lunch. After uncomfortable silences caused by the lack of similarities while trying to get to know each other, Ja'mie asks Ashley who the "hot" and "popular" girls of Year 11 are, and promptly asks to be introduced to them. This introduction sees Ja'mie fitting in well with this group of girls and abandons Ashley as her chaperon, however later Ja'mie has an emotional breakdown while remembering the school and friends she left behind while having to deal with the dramatic changes thanks to the exchange program. The Head of Drama, Mrs Meredith Cotton, has had to go to New Zealand due to her mother suddenly falling very ill, and therefore Mr G has been promoted to Acting Head of Drama, renaming his title as The Director of Performing Arts. Thrilled with the temporary promotion, he makes a few changes such as clearing-out Ms Cotton's desk and moving himself in, and walking around the school to pass on the news to students of his new role. He also gets support staff to do work for him, complains about noise from the gym, and requests teachers "under the umbrella of Performing Arts" to fill-in classes and duties he is too busy for; fellow teaching staff complain to the Principal about his now selfish and bossy demeanour. He also unveils plans for the new Gregson Performing Arts Centre, a 10,000-seat theatre complex that will require the demolition of demountable classrooms used by the special education students. Then, Mr G cancels the school production Anything Goes with plans to write his own "better show". Jonah and his friends participate in an ethnic acceptance program created by the school's Social Officer, Mr Doug Peterson, called "Polynesian Pathways", and enrolls Jonah into 'a contract' to get Jonah to improve his behaviour and academic levels. With his best friend, Leon, Jonah is also enrolled at Gumnut Cottage for remedial reading lessons five periods a week with Ms Jan Palmer, who seems to understand Jonah better than her fellow teachers and begins to form a connection with him. Jonah is reading at an eight-year-old level, however gets angry at having to read children's books and continues his disruptive behaviour as seen in other classes.
3 - New Musical 19 September 2007 1.28[3] Ja'mie decides that it would be a good idea if she dates a younger guy. She therefore targets a Year 7 student, Sebastian - to the shock of her Year 11 friends. However Ja'mie is shocked to discover messages from Sebastian to another girl Year 7 student on his mobile phone but over-exaggerates the meaning of the texts because they only talk about "saving each other a seat in English". The relationship ends with an emotional confrontation at the school gate. After learning of the death of a Year 11 student, Annabelle Dickson, due to an overdose of ecstasy, Mr G uses the event as his inspiration for the school's new production. On the day of the junior school dance, Jonah wears pants stained with semen to the school. He is counselled by the school nurse, and ordered to change clothes before the event into clothes which are rather embarrassing for him. During the dance, he becomes involved in a fight with Kieran, a talented Year 7 breakdancer, and is subsequently removed from the event and sent home.
4 - The Public School Skank Society 26 September 2007 1.24[4] Ja'mie's group of friends begin discussing how betrayed and angry they are with her after she accidentally sent Bec a poster of the girls outlining their major faults over the internet, which was intended for one of Ja'mie's Hillford friends. The poster, titled "Bogan Alert! Public School Skank Society" with Jess being called a "Clearasil before shot", Kaitlyn a "Housing Commission whore", Bec an "Asian try-hard" and labelling Holly with "Breast reduction required - donations accepted". The four girls then expectedly have a major falling out with Ja'mie, who calls the picture a "joke" after being confronted. Jamie is then shown being shunned in the school yard by her peers as the bad word spread about her, before retreating to the staff room. With Ja'mie still be rejected by Holly in class, she breaks down, rushes out into the yard and has an emotional rant with her mum on her mobile. Ja'mie then asks Ms Dean to organise a mediation session with the four girls. This leads to a fiery discussion where an onslaught of racial and sexual comments between Ja'mie and the girls are made, with Ja'mie then falling on the floor and hyperventilating. Ja'mie then finally convinces the girls to see the situation from her perspective, which leads them to forget their tiff and all become friends once again. Mr. G is interviewed about his above average sense of smell and how he uses it to help determine which students are drinking, smoking or taking drugs. Mr G is then shown commencing the audition process for students to star in "Annabelle Dickson: The Musical", by pinning up posters and stating that he is "casting the net wide". Before undertaking traditional auditions, he carries out psychological assessments upon interested students, which results in some cuts. Group auditions are next with the special education students being instantly rejected. Call back for girls auditioning for the role of Annabelle, boys for the role of Mr. G, and even auditions for Mr G's dog Celine are then shown. Ultimately, students are split up into two groups with one group being taken to another classroom while the other group remains in the gym. One group is told they all have parts in the show, while the other group receives the bad news of all being unsuccessful. Jonah begins the first of what will be weekly meetings with Mr Peterson about learning anger management skills. He then attends another remedial English class at Gumnut Cottage, where Jonah shows off his drawings to Ms Palmer, who encourages them. During English he is informed that he will need to present his talk about The Outsiders the next day and fails to persuade Miss Wheatley to let him do it on Tupac Shakur instead. In reaction to this, Jonah shows Ms Palmer a drawing he drew of his father touching his genitals, leading to a meeting between himself, his father, Mr Peterson and Ms Palmer, where Jonah gets pressured into revealing that he made up the allegation to get out of doing his English assignment.
5 - Little Brothers 3 October 2007 1.16[5] Ja'mie asks Mr Cameron for a year 11 formal who refuses because it will be disruptive. Ja'mie and her friends decide to go on a protest by starving themselves but it is not successful. Ja'mie then thinks she can fake her way into getting the formal approved if she pretends to be cutting her wrists. Her persuasion causes Mr Cameron to reconsider and allows them to explain why there should be a formal during the school assembly. Ja'mie finally gets her formal. Mr G and his cast are rehearsing for "Annabelle Dickson: The Musical". But the principal, Ms Murray thinks that he's been excluding some of the special-ed kids from the musical. Mr G doesn't like the idea and is intrigued when Rodney explains a story about a school that had a mother find human faeces in one of the special-ed rooms therefore making the health department kicking the special ed kids out. Mr G tries this but fails as the school cleaner steam cleans the room in the morning. Jonah is up to his insulting antics once more. After misbehaving again, Mr Peterson, the school Guidance Officer, issues him and his gang a group of Year 7 boys who are struggling socially. If they succeed in helping the Year 7 boys adjust, they get to perform their breakdancing demo on assembly. However, Jonah and his friends end up bullying them. Mr Peterson finds out, and gives them a second chance at the school swimming carnival. However, Jonah decides to have some "fun" and sends a picture of his backside to all the teacher's mobile phones. Subsequently, Jonah is kicked out of the pool, absolutely.
6 - Turf Wars 10 October 2007 1.19[6] Ja'mie and the girls begin plans for the Year 11 formal. Due to their extravagant plans, however, tickets cost $450 and no one in the school will buy them. When one of the girls decides to bring a disabled hot guy to the formal, Ja'mie decides to get even better 'cred' by inviting Tamsin Walker, a lesbian. Ja'mie asks Tamsin to the formal, insisting that she too is lesbian. When Ja'mie's friends find out, she assures them that she is just doing it for the cred. Mr G's musical begins to fall apart just 10 days before opening night. First, Annabelle Dickson's parents refuse to have the musical focusing on their daughter. Instead, Mr G renames it "Mr G: The Musical" and tells his own story, with later reference to a girl who doesn't take his advice, and dies of an overdose in a similar manner to Annabelle. However, his plans continue to fall apart when the school can't afford his arena seating; the basketball hoops in the gymnasium continue to remain even after Mr G requested their removal; his leading actor quits, and is replaced by Toby - the child with Down syndrome; and then Mr G's dog, Celine, is hit and killed by a car. Jonah gets in a fight with his breakdancing nemesis Kieran and is subsequently banned from the "amphitheatre" where the Polynesian kids traditionally hang out. In retaliation, they vandalise the Year 7 lockers, and Jonah is subsequently suspended for 3 days.
7 - Fashion Show 17 October 2007 1.31[7] Ja'mie and her friends gather at their lockers to talk about a critical issue which as come up in regards to the year 11 formal. They had just been notified that the DJ they want to hire is demanding his $5000 fee up-front, which is not even close to the ticket money they have so far received. The girls start brainstorming solutions to the problem, such as buying tickets for themselves before Ja'mie thinks of putting on a themed dress-up day and fashion parade to raise the required money, which the girls happily agree to. Ja'mie then speaks at a school assembly announcing her AIDS themed charity fundraising day, falsely stating that funds will go to AIDS charities in Africa when the funds are really going towards the finance for the formal. The fundraising day then arrives with the girls discussing the lukewarm numbers of students dressing up. Ja'mie then walks around the school collecting donations from students, including a brief conversation with Tamsin and Mr Cameron. The fashion show is then shown taking place, with Ja'mie and her friends modelling several of Ja'mie's expensive outfits. Ja'mie is then later pulled into Mr Cameron's office after Ashley told him what the raised money was really going towards, resulting in the money having to go to an AIDS charity, the formal being cancelled and Ja'mie running the risk of going back to Hillford early. Ja'mie then brings her mum into the school to chat with Mr Cameron, offering to pay for the DJ and the venue to let the formal still run, which he refuses and then states that he will not tell the Department of Education about the scam if the money goes to an AIDS charity and offers to re-instate the formal on the conditions that it is held in the staff room, with stereo music and standard decorations, which upsets Ja'mie before being told it's either that or no formal at all. Firstly, a discussion between Mr G and special education student Toby is shown where stories of each other getting picked on and teased by others is shared. Then while in the staff room, principal Margaret Murray calls Mr G into her office for a chat, telling Mr G that Meredith Cotton is returning to school as the head of drama after putting her affairs in order, which annoys Mr G, however he is further aggravated when she tells him that drama is a "small department" and that she cannot afford to fund arena seating for his musical. He believes he is under valued by the school in general and ends up insulting Margaret and storms out of her office while announcing his resignation from the school. He then returns to his office where he begins packing up his office, with Rodney on hand to help out. He then forces upon the school his thoughts on his last day at the school via the PA system, organising his own farewell card. He also cancels the musical before making his drama students perform a guard of honour as he walks out of the school gate for the last time. Mr G is then later shown driving outside the school repeatedly in his car, asking students from his car window if his resignation is impacting the school. Margaret sees him from her office and comes out to speak with him in his car, where she asks him to reconsider his resignation and offers him the title of 'Creative Coordinator of the Drama Department' which he calls insulting. When Margaret tells him the musical is still going ahead with Meredith directing, Mr G decides to return to Summer Heights to solely focus on directing the show (and not teach). Jonah and his father return to Summer Heights High for an interview with Doug Peterson after his three day suspension from school, and discusses any changes which will be made to his behaviour, and instead of completing actual schoolwork during his suspension, he does a collage about break dancing instead, which results in Jonah being banned from break dancing on school premises due to fights with other students. He is also placed on parole, meaning one tiny slip up can result in major consequences for Jonah. His father also threatens him with an additional consequence of being sent back to his home country of Tonga. Jonah and his friends are then shown in a deserted area of the school grounds, where his friends have to now do their break dancing, while Jonah is forced to watch on. They then talk about how they accuse the Aussie break dancing students of harassing them and vandalising their lockers. Jonah later attends another Remedial English class at Gumnut Cottage where Jan shares her concerns with the way Jonah is being dealt with by Doug and other staff. Jan then announces to the class the upcoming story day, to be held on the last day of term, where she wants the students do dress smartly and bring their parents along. Kieran then sends an SMS to Jonah's friend asking them all to have a break dancing battle after school. A debate erupts between Jonah and his friends about whether they should or not, where they eventually agree. Jonah is then shown in his final class for the day, English with Ms Wheatley. Jonah mildly interrupts the class with whispering between his friends, causing Ms Wheatley to instantly overreact and angrily shouts out embarrassing questions about his intelligence, mocking him for not being able to read, which provokes Jonah to say to her "Don't fuck with me, you'll regret it." before causing her to grab his belongings and forcing him to go to the principal's office.
8 - Last Day 24 October 2007 1.51[8] Ja'mie and her friends begin excitedly decorating the staff room for the formal after accepting Mr Cameron's compromise, with Ja'mie's mum helping out by purchasing an ice sculpture. Ja'mie is then shown getting her make up done by a personal stylist, while her friends do their own and compains that Tamsin isn't returning her SMS messages. Tamsin then finally replies but says that she is not going with Ja'mie to the formal because she found out that Ja'mie is not really a lesbian, making her majorly upset. Later on in the night the limousines begin to arrive, with Ja'mie arriving while sticking herself out through the roof, then revealing that she brought her ex-boyfriend Sebastian instead as a replacement partner. Her friends get excited for her before they all head inside. Inside, the formal is underway and is looking like being an instant success with the girls enjoying themselves, but leaving the boys out of their fun for the time being. Ja'mie then comments on people sucking up to her and other less popular girls trying to hook up with other guys and attempts to offer Sebastian Bacardi Breezer despite only being 12. The formal awards then begin with Ja'mie winning the "hottest exchange student" award, and manages to incorporate "povo school student" remarks into her acceptance speech, before grabbing Sebastian and heads off to dance with her friends to "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".

Three weeks later on the last day of term, Ja'mie begins celebrating with her friends her last day of her exchange at Summer Heights. She reveals that she and Sebastian had decided to have a long distance relationship, with conditions such as constant SMS messages. This caused Tamsin to be jealous of the relationship and has insulted Ja'mie because of it. Ja'mie, her friends and Sebastian then walk out of the school towards the gate talking about relationship rules. Ja'mie and her friends then talk about keeping in touch over the holidays with Ja'mie giving mixed responses. Her Hillford friend Brianna then arrives by car to pick her up bring Ja'mie's Hillford blazer and telling her friends to stay at the gate to avoid being seen with her. She then ironically shouts out "Public Schools Rock" from the sunroof of the car as she drives off while throwing her Summer Heights jumper onto the road.

Mr G announces over the school PA system that the opening of his musical is tonight before heading to the gym with Toby, giving him extra rehearsals for his role portraying Mr G. Rodney's dog Arnold then turns up, replacing Celine in the show, with Mr G insulting it's brain size and obedience. Night then falls and the cast is shown singing "Lean on Me" as a warm-up song backstage. Final preparations are being made before the musical begins. The opening number of the musical then begins with the surprise of Toby's voice being dubbed over by Mr G himself. The song "Naughty Girl" is then shown being performed. Jessica and Celine's death scene then performed with Mr G publicly shaming Rodney as causing Celine's death. Mr G then appears on stage to make an announcement before the finale that he will stay at the school after all and continuing teaching. He then tells Tony to leave the stage, taking his place for the finale number "The Smell of Life". During the song, a banner appears behind stating his comeback to teaching, suggesting Mr G had planned doing so for a while.

Three weeks later on the last day of term, Mr G declared the musical a "hit" despite poor ticket sales leading to only one show being performed. He took the offer of the 'Creative Coordinator of the Drama Department' title and has moved his office and drama room to one of the former special education portable classrooms, which he calls his 'Gregson Performing Arts Centre', after most of the special education students were removed from the school because Mr G again put human faeces on the floor of the classroom, which was found by education officials this time around. Toby remains at the school, being placed on an integration program. Mr G is then shown preparing a time capsule, containing mostly items about himself, which will buried near the classroom and dug up in 100 years time. The capsule is then shown being buried, with staff and students looking on. Celine is then revealed to be still alive after being hit by the car, but is now forced to use a wheelchair for her back legs. He kept it a secret until now because he didn't want the disabled dog in the musical. Mr G also explains that he now also has to manually control Celine's bowel movements. At the school gate, Mr G can't control Celine on the footpath near the road and wishes bye to students over a portable amplifier.

Jonah and his father are shown having a meeting with Margaret, Doug and his teacher Ms Wheatley, which Jonah threatened in English class. Jonah is told by the staff that he is being expelled and is no longer welcome at Summer Heights High, despite Jonah's father's pleas. Jonah will now be sent back to Tonga as per his father's wishes and depressingly walks to his locker to empty it out. He then decides to attend his remedial English class instead, with Jan un-aware of his expulsion. Doug eventually finds Jonah and speaks briefly to Jan about the situation before asking Jonah to come with him. Jonah doesn't respond, which forces Doug to grab him and forcibly drag him out of the classroom, causing his friends to passionately stick up for him to no avail.

Three weeks later on the last day of term, it is Gumnut Cottage's story day and Jonah's friend Leon is shown finishing reading his story. Leon and his friends then notice Jonah all dressed up outside the classroom and one of them tells Jan. Jan tells him to let Jonah in the classroom on the sly. Jonah is then invited to read his story in front of the class, which he receives applause for at the end, making Jan proud. At the school gate, Doug has a quick word with Jonah and wishes him luck in Tonga. Jonah's friends suggest bullying Kieran but Jonah declines. Ms Wheatley says a quick goodbye before they walk out onto the street, where Jonah and Leon start break dancing on the road. Scenes are then shown of Jonah's last vandalism attack at the school, which he defaced Kieran and his friend's backpacks, Ms Wheatley's office door, staff member's cars, and the roof of one of the school buildings with his 'dick-tation' graffiti tag.

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